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Steamboats on the Western Rivers

By Louis C. Hunter
  • ISBN Code: : 0486157784
  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Pages : 704
  • Category : Transportation
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Richly detailed definitive account covers every aspect of steamboat's development — from construction, equipment, and operation to races, collisions, rise of competition, and ultimate decline of steamboat transportation.

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What were the economic roots of modern industrialism? Were labor unions ever effective in raising workers' living standards? Did high levels of taxation in the past normally lead to economic decline? These and similar questions profoundly inform a wide range of intertwined social issues whose complexity, scope, and depth become fully evident in the Encyclopedia. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the field, the Encyclopedia is divided not only by chronological and geographic boundaries, but also by related subfields such as agricultural history, demographic history, business history, and the histories of technology, migration, and transportation. The articles, all written and signed by international contributors, include scholars from Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Covering economic history in all areas of the world and segments of ecnomies from prehistoric times to the present, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History is the ideal resource for students, economists, and general readers, offering a unique glimpse into this integral part of world history.

Chron 20c Hist Bus Comer

By Frank N. Magill
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1134264623
  • Total of Pages : 756
  • Category : History
  • Members : 610
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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Spain and the American Revolution

By Gabriel Paquette,Gonzalo M. Quintero Saravia
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 0429816081
  • Total of Pages : 258
  • Category : History
  • Members : 876
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Though the participation of France in the American Revolution is well established in the historiography, the role of Spain, France’s ally, is relatively understudied and underappreciated. Spain's involvement in the conflict formed part of a global struggle between empires and directly influenced the outcome of the clash between Britain and its North American colonists. Following the establishment of American independence, the Spanish empire became one of the nascent republic's most significant neighbors and, often illicitly, trading partners. Bringing together essays from a range of well-regarded historians, this volume contributes significantly to the international history of the Age of Atlantic Revolutions.

The Carriage Journal

By Thomas Ryder
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  • Publisher : Carriage Assoc. of America
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 48
  • Category : History
  • Members : 984
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View from the Box 98 London to Brighton "Comet" Coach 99 Tools of the Trade, by Daniel J. Wallace 101 Yorkshire Collection of Carriages 104 Measurements of Poles, Splinter-bars & Shafts 106 Cobb & Co 107 Questions and Answers 111 Memories-Mostly Horsy 112 Trans-Miss. Transport: The Murphy Wagon 115 Driving Around the World 120 Reflections of a Pleasure Driving Judge 124 The Adirondack Museum 126 Practicalities: Breeching 130 Museum News 132 Book Reviews 134

All about Coffee

By William Harrison Ukers
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  • Publisher : Library of Alexandria
  • Book Code : 1465523979
  • Total of Pages : 818
  • Category : Coffee
  • Members : 490
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The evolution of a cup of coffee; Dealing with the etymology of coffee; History of coffee propagation; Early history of coffee drinking; Introduction of coffee into Western Europe; Beginnings of coffee in France; Introduction of coffee into England, Holland, Germany; Telling how coffee came to Vienna; Coffee houses to oud London; History on the early parisian coffee houses; Introduction of coffe into North America; History of coffe in old New York, Philadelphia; Botany of the coffe plant; Microscopy of the coffee fruit; Chemistry of the coffee bean; Pharmacology of the coffee drink; Commercial coffee of the world; Cultivation of the coffee plant; Preparing green coffee por market; Production and consumption of coffee; How green coffes are bought and sold; Green and boasted coffee characteristics; Factory preparation of roasted coffee; Wholesale merchandising of coffee; Retail merchandising of roasted coffee; Short history of coffee advertising; Coffee trade in the United States; Development of the green roasted coffee; Some big men and notable achievements; History of coffee in literature; Evolution of coffee apparatus; Worl's coffee manners and customs.